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how many years of drinking heavily can it take for an alcoholic to get chronic liver failure?

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Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: Unfortunately, too many variables to answer online--genetics, volume / concentration of alcohol, quality of alcohol, any other drugs/meds, any infections (acute or chronic), etc., can all impact how long a liver can hold out under toxic assault--could be a few to many years. Pro-liver-health supplements can help prolong this also.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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